Did you make a weight loss resolution this New Year? Don’t be discouraged if you’ve slipped up a little bit, just concentrate on moving forward with your weight loss goals, as per Dr. Gullo’s recommendations. And even if you don’t celebrate the Chinese New Year, it’s an opportunity to reassess your diet plan and make new goals. This year, it falls on February 10th (the 9th is New Year’s Eve). Some traditional, healthy foods for the Chinese New Year include a whole fish, a whole chicken, noodles, oranges, and dumplings. Check out some of the recipes listed below for inspiration. Don’t forget to always select low-sodium ingredients and use lower-fat substitutes whenever possible.
Pear & Shrimp Stir Fry (Shrimp symbolizes happiness and joy, while the pear symbolizes well, fiber)
Roasted Manchurian Cauliflower (This side dish might not be traditional for the Chinese New Year, but it’s definitely an interesting way to get more veggies in your weight loss meal plan; remember to choose low-sodium ketchup)
Fish Maw Soup (Fish is often served whole with head and tail intact on the Chinese New Year to encourage good luck and prosperity throughout the year; if you try this recipe, select low-sodium broth and soy sauce)
Buddha’s Delight (Also known as jai, this recipe is a great excuse to try some black fungus, dried black moss, and dried lily buds! Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as odd as it sounds; black fungus is actually cloud ear or wood ear mushrooms, which are incredibly great for heart health because they may help prevent blood clotting)
Soba & Tofu Stir Fry (If you’d rather skip the shrimp and whole fish for the New Year, try this vegetarian option with a spicy sauce and heart-healthy tofu)
Stir Fry with Leeks (Leeks symbolize wealth in the coming year; when cooking this recipe, feel free to reduce the amount of oil called for just spray your skillet with cooking spray instead)
Chicken Lettuce Cups (Lettuce is another veggie that symbolizes rising fortunes; remember to always select low-sodium canned ingredients, and rinse them well before adding them to your dish)